Network security is a big deal no matter how you access the internet. So even as a Blazing Hog customer enjoying high speed rural internet built on 4G LTE technology, it pays to be diligent about home internet network security. There is some learning involved, but you don’t have to be an expert in software or computers to protect internet network security. If you can use mobile apps and websites without issue, then you have the skills to greatly reduce the risk of your home network being hacked.
All the tips described below are in some way related to router management. Your router is that piece of hardware that acts as the hub of your home network. You may have a separate router and modem, or you may be using a combined device.
In either case, the instructions that came with your router should tell you how to access its software. In nearly every case, the software is accessed using a browser – just like a website. You just need to know where to point your browser to login. That information should be in the instructions.
Change Default Credentials
The first thing to do is change the default credentials. Why? Because those default credentials are published online. Anyone who knows your router model can get the information. It is a good idea to login and change both your username and password every six months or so.
Use WPA3 Security
WPA3 security is the current standard for wireless internet networks. If your router gives you the choice between WPA3 and WPA2, choose the former. If it doesn’t, it’s probably time to upgrade.
While you are at it, be sure to create a strong password for your wireless internet network. Make it is at least ten characters long, combining numbers, small and capital letters, and at least one symbol. Then change the password every six months or so.
Create a Guest Internet Network
Most modern internet routers allow owners to create guest networks that are just as fast as your main high-speed internet connection. If yours does, utilize this feature. Creating a guest network means you can give visitors temporary access to your wi-fi without giving them the username and password for your main network. You can enable and disable the guest internet network as needed. All the while, you are not giving visitors access to your main network and its devices.
Disable Remote Administration
Most modern routers also allow users to disable remote administration. The only reason to have this option enabled is a situation in which you know ahead of time that you are going to need to access your router while away from home. In the absence of such a need, disabling remote access prevents strangers from breaking into your router.
Check Your Device Connections
Doing all these other things suggests you are comfortable utilizing your router software. That being the case, go into the software every now and again and check the connections. Navigate to the page that shows all the connected devices, then verify those devices are yours. If you see anything suspicious, verify the device doesn’t belong to you or an authorized network user, then block it.
Use Built-In Security Features
Finally, your router should offer built-in security features if it is fairly new. These include things like firewall protection and encryption. Any extra security features you have available should be enabled. The more roadblocks you can put in the way, the less likely hackers will be able to break in.
It is unfortunate that these things need to be discussed, but that’s the world we live in. Even if you have 4G rural high-speed internet from Blazing Hog, your home network could be hacked. You can keep that from happening by being diligent about security.